From Minnesota’s The Pilot-Independent, as posted on

_Some are calling it a modern day gold rush, what with ethanol plants sprouting up like weeds across the Great Plains. The problem for conservationists and wildlife officials like [Iowa Department of Natural Resources upland biologist Todd] Bogenschutz, [is that] more corn-based ethanol requires more corn production. And more corn production means far less wildlife habitat — habitat that produces a bounty of pheasants, ducks, songbirds and other wildlife, as well as decreases pollution into our waterways. . . .

What’s also certain is that there’s going to be a big push by farm interests to phase out the nation’s premiere wildlife initiative, the two-decades-old Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which has roughly 37 million acres enrolled nationwide. That’s a lot of ground that could be planted to corn, and farm groups know it._

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